L*Space Swimwear has landed at VAM!

Viens Avec Moi is excited to announce the arrival of L*Space  by Monica Wise. Pieces from their Haute Tropics collection have just hit the floor and we couldn’t be more obsessed.

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Their perfect blend of rich colours, playful prints, and chic cuts will have you dreaming of warm coastlines and sunny skies.

L*Space (a brand ethically made in the USA) is inspired by their four L’s: live, laugh, lounge, love. And they encourage their customers to find their “L” in their own lives.

The L*Space girls is one who leads a chic, yet unfussy coastal-cool lifestyle, so we know it’ll perfect for all of our VAM girls.

A leader in the swimwear world, L*Space has been featured in Marie Claire, Allure, Cosmopolitan, and Glamour magazines (to name a few), and has been spotted on celebs like Rihanna and Cameron Diaz.

When you try one of their pieces on, you’ll instantly fall in love with the fit and the quality, so stop by the shop and pick one up while they’re fresh – you know they won’t last long!

 

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VIENS CHEZ MOI: Anne-Marie

For this edition of #vienschezmoi we are so excited to be featuring our beautiful, inspiring friend Anne-Marie, who we highlighted throughout the month of February. Anne-Marie underwent a heart transplant over a year ago and celebrated her one year anniversary with her new heart back in September❤️ . Check out our other blog posts for what Anne-Marie has been up to this past year and you will understand why this friend makes our hearts sing!!! 🎤 ✨ enjoy 👇
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Name: Anne-Marie Koeslag
Occupation: I’m a teacher
Favourite place in your home: My favourite place is our brown couch in the living room.
Why: It is to life what the time-out tree is to a serious game of tag. When we’ve had a long day, we meet up on the brown couch, forget everything, and nap. Our naps are best on a Winter day, when the sun is out and its warmth takes over the living room. Long live the brown couch 😉
Your favourite possession: My favourite possession is anything that brings me music, like Sirius in the car or the speaker in my shower.
Why: Music is everything. It calms me, it energizes me, it’s where I spend my daydreams and it’s where I reflect on life. Car or shower concerts are the best therapy in the world 🎶🎤
Your favourite VAM purchase: That’s a tough one. My Cleobella weekender bag, Krista Norris rebel wingtip scarf…I’m also REALLY excited to wear my new little Félicité butterfly top when it’s warm out!
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One Year with a New Heart

February is a time for love, and here at viens avec moi, it is a time that is very close to our hearts.

Last year we started a tradition of sharing the love during Heart Month for our dear friend Anne-Marie and her charity of choice – The University of Ottawa Heart Institute .

Thank you to each and every one of you who came out to our shopping event, Shop with Your Heart a few weeks ago. It was a huge success and your support and Paper Heart purchases throughout the month of February will make a difference in the lives of those whose hearts need a little TLC.

We wanted to share with you Anne-Marie’s progress since receiving a heart transplant in October 2014.

Mon dieu, has she been busy! In between checkups, blood work and heart biopsies at the Heart Institute, Anne-Marie is learning to live with a heart that is as full of life as she is!

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Anne-Marie in Toronto volunteering for the Canadian Transplant Games

That means completing cardiac rehabilitation and putting her new heart to work with walking, exercise and dancing, of course. 😉

She is currently completing a professional development course to prep for her return to teaching next school year. In addition, Anne-Marie has been giving back by volunteering at the Canadian Transplant Games in Toronto, as well as with the Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance and coordinating the annual auction for Ottawa Therapy Dogs.

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Walking in a fashion show at the book launch for Unconform

Anne-Marie has also contributed her story to Kathie Donovan’s book, Unconform, about living a courageous life.

Anne-Marie continues to inspire us all.  This amazing woman proves to us just how life changing the work being done at the Heart Institute is.

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Heatwave Cool

It’s easy to lose track of fashion trends when the temperature rises well above our comfort level. With a heatwave often comes the desire to strip down to the bare basics and wear simple, loose clothing; but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear items that make you look just as good as you feel.

During a heatwave we recommend gravitating towards easy, flowy dresses, that give a little breathing room. Not only will you look “heatwave cool” but you’ll feel it too; because how else can you stay cool while having a picnic in the park or roaming the city streets in 30-degree weather?!

Currently on sale at VAM is an assortment of light and breezy dresses perfect for any occasion – whether you’re looking to dress up or down. (Editor’s note: you can snag a few of these items at 50% off this weekend only!)
See you at the shop shortly! – VAM xo

# S A L E

It’s officially that time of year again. July marks not only rising temperatures in Ottawa but hot summer sales here at VAM! We’ve marked down just about everything currently in store and online – just in time for this heat wave. Visit us online or in store to see all of the deals available for you to take advantage of. Whether you’re heading out of town or up to the cottage, have a wedding to attend or have plans to hang around town, you’ll be sure to find something (on sale!) to both wear and love.

Have a minute? Scroll down to take a peek at some of our favourite summer steals – we promise it’ll be worth your while!

See you all this weekend! – VAM xx



Oh Canada, oui oui

This Saturday, June 25th is officially Buy Canadian Day. So there’s no better day to come and explore Ottawa’s ‘made in Canada’ shopping district! Wellington West is full of beautiful locally owned boutiques that offer a wide range of Canadian made goods. Find everything from fashion to home goods in this Ottawa-favourite shopping district.
Visit us in store to win! 
Buy or wear anything made in Canada when you visit us in store on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate and a Canadian made Krista Norris scarf! Then head on over to the other participating stores for a chance to win even more great prizes. Youpee!

As if the fashion and contests at each boutique weren’t reason enough to head down to Wellington West this Saturday, we’ll be putting out a whole bunch of NEW Canadian made jewelry and a limited quantity of Tuck Shop swimwear! Take advantage of some sweet sales on women’s wear upstairs and 50% off on men’s goods! Believe us when we say, this will be an event you do not want miss.

See you all this Saturday – VAM xx


A Gift Guide for Maman

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my mother.”

May is one of our favourite months of the year as there’s lots to be celebrated. It finally feels like spring: the sun gets a little warmer, the trees begin to bud, the flowers start to grow and it’s the month we celebrate our mother’s and the special women in our lives.
Although Mother’s Day has passed we try to show our appreciation for them all year round. However, for many, knowing what to buy them can seem a little daunting. So we came up with a little gift guide to help you find the perfect gift for that special woman in your life!

Krista Norris Blue Two-Tone Scarf
Why not get your mom something she’ll be sure to love and use for many seasons to come? Like this blue two-tone scarf by local designer Krista Norris.
Chaka blanket
If your mother loves to head up to the cottage throughout the summer, she’ll love cozying up to these blankets in the evenings by the camp fire.
Mother Denim Dress
We couldn’t imagine any mother not liking Mother Denim! This dress is easy, versatile and stylish. What more could she ask for!




Mother Denim Button Up Denim Skirt
This ultra-soft, ultra-chic skirt is an item you’ll find yourself borrowing from your mother’s closet. We can promise you that!

Félicité Butterfly Top

Available in three different colours, this top falls beautifully on any body type and goes with any style of bottom – like the Mother Denim skirt shown above or her favourite pair of slacks. 

Didn’t find that perfect gift in our gift guide? No worries! Visit us online at viensavecmoi.ca or in store to see even more. You’ll be sure to find something that she’ll love.
Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the mama’s – VAM xx